Perry Mason: Season 6, Episode 10

The Case of the Lurid Letter (6 Dec. 1962)

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On vacation Perry takes the case of Jane Wardman who befriends him. She is a high school teacher and widow accused of inappropriate behavior with some of her senior male students. After a murder of a local bar owner, the focus is on her.

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Della Street (credit only)
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Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Mona Freeman ...
Jane Wardman
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Judge Edward Daley
Robert Rockwell ...
Everett Rixby
Kaye Elhardt ...
Doris Wilson
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Mrs. Cornelia Slater
John Durren ...
Pat Mangan
Tom Lowell ...
Bobby Slater (as Thomas Lowell)
Noah Keen ...
Dr. Stephen Grant
Mark Murray ...
Terry Wardman
Kelly Thordsen ...
Sheriff Watson
Chris Alcaide ...
Gus Wiler
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While on a fishing vacation Perry Mason takes on the case of high school teacher Jane Wardman, an attractive widow with a young son who has been accused of improper conduct with at least two of her senior students. Biker and bully Pat Mangen is her primary accuser but the head of the local school board, Judge Edward Daley, also received a poison pen letter about Jane's conduct. Mangen and his biker friends harass Jane including surrounding her car on the rode causing her to crash her car. The Judge wants to ensure that there is a fair hearing on the accusations but the mood in the town is ugly with a group of parents visiting Jane's home and threatening her if she doesn't leave town. The Judge tries to keep the issue quiet by having Jane resign but she decides to fight. It's clear to Perry that something else is going on and that it relates to the death of another student some months before in another county. when the owner of a local bar, is found murdered, the case takes on an ... Written by garykmcd

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Adapted from the short story "The Man with Half a Face" by Hugh Pentecost; the only episode based on a literary work not written by Erle Stanley Gardner. See more »

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A scene set at the Summit Inn shortly after midnight was obviously shot during the daytime. See more »

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Unusual Venue
2 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Only by chance was Perry Mason vacationing in a small Sierra Mountain town did schoolteacher Mona Freeman obtain his services. It seems as though she's been the target of a poison pen campaign alleging her involvement with some of her students and the women of the town are up in arms.

It's no coincidence that this started after the death of one of her kids in a motorcycle crash before the events of this story begin. That student is described as a James Dean type. The rest of his cycling crowd are a bunch of losers and they're contributing to the rumors.

The local judge Edgar Buchanan is also the head of the school board and he lets Perry know right away that this is informal and by informal he means to run it his way, none of this objecting stuff and evidentiary rules. It's an unusual venue, unusual story, but within the Perry Mason parameters.

Unusual or not and even with the death of another of the principal persons of this drama, Raymond Burr gets to the truth at this school board hearing. After the murderer confesses, a trial is just a formality.

Unusual venue, unusual story, but


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